Monday, April 1, 2013

Whatcha Reading?

What I Reviewed Last Week

If week before last was Reading Week (I read an amazing 15 books!),
and last week was Books-in-the-Mail Week (lots of books in the mail),
then this week is Reviewing Week.

The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead
The Thing About Life is that One Day You'll Be Dead by David Shields
When people ask me, “What do people mean when they talk about personal essay?”
 I can do no better than refer them to this book...more

Manuscript Found in Accra
Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho
It was with trepidation that I agreed to review Manuscript Found in Accra. 
I will say upfront that I am not a big fan of The Alchemist and, if you are...more

The Bird King and Other Sketches
The Bird King by Shaun Tan
Curious about what goes into the pages of an artist’s notebook? I was.
 I was curious enough to buy this little book with snippets from...more

The Changeover
The Changeover by Margaret Mahy
Laura Chant is a teen growing up with her divorced mom
 and younger brother in New Zealand. 
Laura sees that something is happening to her brother...more

Life After Life: A Novel
Life After Life by Jill McCorkle
One of my constant worries as a reader is that a beloved author will disappoint. 
It is especially true when the beloved author hasn’t published anything...more

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
by Jonas Jonasson
This is the second book I’ve read this year about a man who has left his home 
and taken to the road and both books were European. (Is this a new trend...more

Blossoming In Provence
Blossoming in Provence by Kristin Espinasse
All you need to say is “French setting” and I come running. 
I read Espinasse’s earlier book, Words in a French Life, a few years ago and liked the way...more

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
I've been reading this book, Antifragile, for almost four weeks. 
I call it reading. I've turned all the pages. I've read all the words. That's reading...more

Peeling the Onion
Peeling the Onion by Wendy Orr
The car accident changed Anna’s life forever, crippling her,
 giving her perpetual high-level pain, and ending her future as an athlete. Anna...more

The Dark
The Dark by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Jon Klassen
The Dark is scary when you are four, isn’t it? When you are eight? 
Even ten and twelve, sometimes.
So what is this little book about, with its scary...more

French Twist: An American Mom's Experiment in Parisian Parenting
French Twist by Catherine Crawford
American children are brats.
(Ouch. That hurts.)
That’s true. We know it is true. But it still hurts to write it down...more

The Incident Report
The Incident Report by Martha Baillie
Do you like one-of-a-kind novels? Do you enjoy novels that surprise you? 
Do you look for novels written in unusual formats? Look no further...more

More Baths, Less Talking
More Baths, Less Talking by Nick Hornby
I’ve read a good bit of Nick Hornby, 
but I have to say that my favorite Nick Hornby books are these...more

A Long Way Away
A Long Way Away: A Two-Way Story by Frank Viva
What do you call words that read the same forward and backward? 
A palindrome, right? Well, this story is a palindrome story...more

The House on Mango Street
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Do I really need to tell you about this book? 
Do you really need to know anything more than that this book is about a lovely...more

Whew! That's a lot of books reviewed. 
I hereby vow never to let my unreviewed books pile up again.

What are you reading today?!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! As part of this weekly meme Book Journey loves to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. Book Journey offers a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment telling BJ how many you visited.


  1. You've got me intrigued with The Incident Report. I am half way interested in French Twist, but I do not like defending my American parenting and my American children too much and that's what I would be worried about in reading this (it brings to mind Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother).

  2. Nice! Haven't heard of these but I hope you enjoy them all!

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  3. French Twist is not confrontational. It's a gentle book and the author uses her own parenting skills as a place to test the theories of her French friends. I liked it a lot and I think it has a lot to offer us for our children.

  4. Wow! What a week you had!
    The Incident Report sounds intriguing... I shall have a look in to that one.

  5. So many interesting books! How do you make your book choices?

  6. I got Life After Life this week...I have never read this author, so my expectations are middling to


  7. Well, after reading that many books, I'm not surprised you were behind on the reviewing. It's sometimes hard to keep it up to date.

    I often don't like to start a review, but once I made a beginning, it's not that bad and I then tend to enjoy it. Duh!

  8. A great and varied collection of books this week! Hope you enjoy them.

    Take a look at what I'm reading this week.

  9. Wow great list! I just heard about that Jill McCorkle book so I really want to read it, too!

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  10. I have Life After Life to review also. I need to get on that pronto. Thanks for your review; It makes me want to actually read it.

  11. That is a ton of reviewing! I have almost no idea what I'm going to read this week. Maybe Wave by Sonali D if I can get to it. Enjoy your week.

  12. The Shaun Tan book looks great! My bf is a videogame artist and has a ton of those kinds of books. They're so much fun to leaf through. Have a great week :-)

  13. Interesting list of books! Have a great week!

  14. You knocked it out of the ballpark with all of those books. Goodness gracious! :)

    I was on spring break and STILL didn't read as many as you did! :)


  15. Well. I might have to read The French Twist. Even though it might hurt. ;) Not many countries seem to have a very high opinion of Americans, anyway. So it seems it trickles down to our children. A lot of children do seem to be self obsessed. but that's because they are the center of attention....even though we all don't bring up our kids like that. It'll be interesting to read some tips from this book.

    You have quite a few interesting books listed - especially the palindrome story. :)

    Enjoy your coming week,

    My Reading Week


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